My childhood was marked by this Norshteyn's beautifully poetic short. Japanese anime was then all the rage, Disney's films were dominating the market, but this beautiful poetic miniature was an invitation to a different world, an invitation that I gladly accepted and that little hedgehog stil is with me.
A child's tale like no other, meandering through dream-like territories following an existential quest. The innocent allure of the hedgehog fascinates while his daring curiosity brings an element of heroism to the forefront. Visually it preserves an aura of authenticity and unconventionality. It is perhaps its indefiniton through parts what makes it somehow dull despite its transgressive nature.
The illustration of fog for a 70s animator is exceptional, the adaptation of a children's tale is sublime and the ambiguity of its narrative features intrigue. However, it is arguably overrated. I would not rate 'Hedgehog In The Fog' as one of the greatest films of all time even though there is much of merit. As a source of inspiration, there is much to pinpoint, if not an unequivocal masterpiece.
I sought this one out after running the numbers and finding out that it's one of the highest rated films here on MUBI. Not sure I quite agree with that status, but it's a lovely, bewitching 11 minutes that is understandably a landmark of arthouse animation, showing the world as a confusing, scary, and possibly benevolent place. Just the way it looks when you're a kid.
I could see this getting played at Christmas. It seems to have similar animation and a dreamlike quality to The Snowman. It's basically about a hedgehog who visits his mate and gets sidetracked, that's it! 10 minutes well spent though it will stay with you longer than you think.